Thanks for being here at this moment. There are two ways (among many others) to spend a string of 15 minutes - 1) To read the following "self-summary" or 2) accept a mutual invitation to buy each other a beverage and talk for 15 (hopefully more) minutes. The choice is yours.....
I often wonder about social conditioning. May be you can share your thoughts further beyond the fork.....
.....there was a fork in the road, and thereby you came upon this summary. Welcome!
Why-am-I-here motto - The thought of a good date a week for years with the person you love and adore as the sheer ecstasy of being alive. Moreover, I and you, alone in our ways cannot cover the beauty and the reality of all that goes on beyond the limited awareness of our individual senses.
My highest goals in life - 1) To be the undisputed king of silliness, champion of goofiness, and be at the pinnacle of quirkiness (it's a tough one), 2) To consistently love the work I do, 3) To cherish the ones whom I have known (even fleetingly) over the years.
A Friendly Note - The summary is long - and your suggested edits will be highly appreciated.
Note 2 : I'm looking to befriend (as in good honest friendship that provides intellectual companionship which we would cherish for years) single women AND if I come across that sweet-heart who will make me log-out forever from dating websites than that will be wonderful.
Which book am I reading now? - 1) The Wilderness World Of John Muir. 2) Flash Boys by Michael Lewis.
Around my watercooler - These are thoughts and trivia stuff going on in my life posted under the "Journal" tab. OKC has decided to take this tab out of publication.
Chronology - present going into past. I am a scientist by profession. I have lived more than 40 % of my life in the United States Of America. I completed graduate school in USA. Before that I lived in India, the country of my birth. I studied undergrad in India. People and cultures always fascinated me. When I was a kid, I often had dreams of being on an airplane and visiting distant countries. Whether I like it or not, growing up in India in a vastly different socio-economic environment will make me seem come across as unconventional (this is true for almost anyone who moves away from HOME after their formative years). Being unconventional (often a plus, but not always) is a product of experiences bygone.
You And Me What is it that will inspire a communication between me and you - two complete and random strangers?
Beautiful moments are to be shared. Doing things is great, but having somebody special to do with makes it magical. The presence of the other person imparts meaning to the memories to cherish for our entire lives.
It's not easy meeting people outside of organized activity such as work/classes/places of worship (church, temple, etc). I've personally realized that it takes openness of mind, heart and a leap of faith. In the last few years, I've consciously tried to seek out opportunities to strike a conversation with people (I feel better if that person is a woman around my age) around me when I am traveling, grocery shopping, bookstore, coffee store. This exercise has somehow inexplicably made me a better human being (I hope I am correct in my self-assessment). These occasional interactions have sometimes rewarded me with a window into the other person's life and vice-versa. In turn, it has opened up my mind to the limitations of my unique individual experiences, my strengths, and my shortcomings.
Fun And Relaxation Books - mostly non-fiction and some fiction, travel, music - the big savior in sticky times, to be in touch with people, Netflix - foreign language and subtitles are good too, wandering about the town, occasional concert, museums - add to fun and introspection, neighborhood bookstores, pandora.com, the thought of another visit to Lollapalooza, National Parks. National Parks have provided me the sharpest, most beautiful, the most powerful and moving moments in my life.
Thoughts I admire and find strength in the philosophy of Dalai Lama, Gandhi, Emerson, John Muir, Buffett (you cannot find a more genuine/honest capitalist than Buffett). Their writings have also provided multiple ways to appreciate and understand a very complex world and thereby stay away from dogma.
Food And Drinks I love food from almost all ethnic origins. I am a vegetarian. This should not limit our chances to meet up.
Animals are awesome and honest. I love them. They do not talk, but they convey in their silence and animal-speak. If you have a dog, than it will be a bonus for me.
Sports I'll be happy to share and be a part of your enthusiasm for your favorite sport.
Synchronicity is a fascinating thing. It's an abstract idea but then comes a moment when we can distinctly sense/feel it. It somehow connects one random experience with another random experience to provide an aha! moment. It's almost a conduit to provide meaning to our perceptions of randomness.
Friendship is an amazing bond and as significant as a family. Like most good things, it is hard to find and needs nurturing and a good balance.
Religion - I strongly believe that virtue and reverence for life blooms from compassion and mindfulness. It seems to me that the construct of organized religion leads to dogma which subjugates the highest qualities of being human. It is likely that every individual's unique life experience colors their idea/belief of religion and acceptance or skepticism.
Gratitude, respect, love, and duty toward life around us are powerful thoughts. I believe that our joys, gifts, the wonderful life around us, and "our own" presence is because of forces far more magical than we can even begin to comprehend.
This summary is not complete yet. In the meantime, you take care, and I would love to hear from you. Your friend.
Things I care for Friends, Music, Books, Cultures, Movies, Travel, Family.